US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the National Journal in an interview on Thursday that planning a military option on Iran had been going on "for a long time."
Panetta, who has said diplomacy and sanctions should be given more time, told the National Journal he did not think Israel had decided whether to order a high-risk raid on Iran's nuclear sites.
He said the United States was committed to preventing Iran from acquiring atomic weapons and would have a greater impact than Israel if it decided force was necessary.
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